[ shoh-fer, shoh-fur ]
/ ˈʃoʊ fər, ʃoʊˈfɜr /


a person employed to drive a private automobile or limousine for the owner.
a person employed to drive a car or limousine that transports paying passengers.

verb (used with object)

to drive (a vehicle) as a chauffeur.
to transport by car: Saturday mornings I have to chauffeur the kids to their music lessons.

verb (used without object)

to work as a chauffeur: He chauffeured for a time right after the war.

Origin of chauffeur

1895–1900; < French, equivalent to chauff(er) to heat (see chafe) + -eur -eur

Related forms

un·chauf·feured, adjectivewell-chauf·feured, adjective

Can be confused

chauffeur shofar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chauffeur


/ (ˈʃəʊfə, ʃəʊˈfɜː) /


a person employed to drive a car


to act as driver for (a person)he chauffeured me to the stadium; he chauffeurs for the Duke

Derived Forms

chauffeuse (ʃəʊˈfɜːz), fem n

Word Origin for chauffeur

C20: from French, literally: stoker, from chauffer to heat
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